The Real Deal: Underline scores $15M in funding from Coral Gables

January 2, 2018

December 06, 2017

The Underline just got another boost in funding, this time from the city of Coral Gables.

The Coral Gables City Commission voted Tuesday to direct $15 million from impact fees, which come from developers constructing projects in the area, to the linear park. Collecting the funds will take about five years and will likely come from projects like the controversial Paseo de la Riviera, the Miami Herald reported.

The proposed multimillion-dollar park project, which will run under the Metrorail from Brickell to Dadeland, is now only $15 million short of the $100 million it needs for construction. Friends of the Underline, the nonprofit leading the charge for the park, plans to break ground in about a year by starting construction on the Brickell portion.

In the Gables, the park will run in front the University of Miami and NP International’s Paseo de la Riviera, which recently secured construction financing.

Last month, the city of Miami’s planning and zoning department proposed providing bonuses to developers who contribute funds for the city’s portion of the planned 10-mile park.

About a year earlier, Miami city commissioners approved $50 million in funding for the Underline. The money will come from development fees charged by the city, while bout $67 million will be raised through private donations and other public funding.

[Miami Herald] – Katherine Kallergis

Miami Art Week 2017 & The Underline

December 4, 2017

Miami Art Week 2017 is here and Friends of The Underline are participating in two major events:

The Brickell Stage:
On December 8 and 9, on The Underline’s future Brickell Backyard, The University of Miami School of Architecture faculty and students will build and program the Brickell Stage in collaboration with Friends of The Underline and Miami Dade County.  The pop up stage and art installation is funded by the Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge, an ideas contest that invests in creating, activating, and enhancing local parks and public gathering places,

The Brickell Stage will be a temporary pavilion designed to celebrate the connection between people and place in Miami’s urban setting. Located at the north exit of the Brickell Metrorail station, the open-air structure will create a sense of place with an elevated stage and flexible seating to host a variety of free interactive performances including live music, poetry readings, comedy, and more. The Brickell Stage will serve area pedestrians, transit riders, cyclists, city dwellers, tourists, art aficionados, and any passerby drawn into the varied programming.

The project is composed of a pattern of 1,001 painted rods that purposely decrease in precise mathematical increments from the edges to the center of the square platform to form an empty triangular stage space for music, poetry, and drama performances. This design creates a forced perspective that focuses the attention of the spectators on the performers and heightens the visual experience for all.

The Brickell Stage pop-up is free and open to the public, with performances beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 8 through Saturday, December 9 at 1001 SW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL, 33130. For more information and to sign up, click here.

The Underline at NADA Art Fair:
Friends of The Underline is proud to participate in the 2017 New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) fair at Ice Palace Studios from December 7-10. NADA is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. The Underline has partnered with this great art exhibition to showcase artist Bhakti Baxter’s creative planters that were funded by ArtPlace America and displayed along the future Underline Winter 2017.

As a NADA cultural partner, the planters will be displayed outdoors and can be easily found on NADA’s map and guides. For tickets and more info, click here.

Parker Thomson, Underline Board Member and Acclaimed Attorney passes away at 85

November 7, 2017

Friends of The Underline share the sad news that Underline Board of Directors executive member, community leader and leading attorney Parker Thomson passed away on Friday, November 3rd at the age of 85. Among other incredible accomplishments, Parker was a devoted husband to wife Vann and father to Friends of The Underline founder Meg Thomson Daly, and Jamieson Thomson Thomas, Peter Thomson and Parker Thomson. Parker and a team of attorneys at Hogan Lovells have devoted thousands of pro bono legal counsel hours to propel The Underline project forward to become the fastest moving industrial use project of its scope in the country. The community owes a debt of gratitude to Parker’s vision, dedication and conviction to making Miami a better place for all of us. He will not be forgotten as his legacy continues on with the construction of The Underline.

Sign up on Eventbrite here. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Underline in his honor at theunderline.org

The Underline – SOMI Magazine Update with Meg Daly

October 17, 2017

The Underline is the name given to THE project to create a 10-mile urban trail and linear park from the Miami River to Dadeland South.  

Friends of The Underline a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression are gearing up for a busy year full of fun activities and events to keep the community exciting about the future Underline. 

Let’s Keep Giving!

Post Hurricane Irma, we witnessed our community mobilize, step up, volunteer and contribute to repair our homes, businesses, streets and parks and slowly reopen.  Unfortunately due to the Hurricane, we cancelled a Yoga class at Brickell City Centre and our October bike ride to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  But the good news is we had some free time to volunteer cleaning up parks around the community and encourage our friends to help out too. Thanks to the many volunteers who made us #miamistrong!

Now that everyone is back in the saddle, we have Underline November events that will get you moving, making new friends and making a difference.  Leading up to and in support of the Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day on November 16th, we have two really exciting events you won’t want to miss.

Give Miami Day and Events

On November 7th, Friends of The Underline Young Professionals will host a happy hour at Concrete Beach Brewery in Wynwood.  This and other YPO events will be fun and informative and take place throughout the year at different destinations near The Underline.  Don’t miss out, sign up on Eventbrite now.

Friends of The Underline board members Jessi Berrin, Meg Daly, Arden Karson and Judy Zeder will host a cocktail reception on November 9th at Lafayette 148 at Brickell City Centre.  Twenty-percent of purchases made from 7-9 that evening will be contributed to The Underline on Give Miami Day.  Email info@theunderline.org for more info.

The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day on November 16th is a 24-hour local non-profit contribution drive.  Please make a tax-deductible contribution to Friends of The Underline and other charities of your choice on the Give Miami Day site.  We depend on your contribution to provide free programming and advance our project as quickly as possible.

UnderFit exercise programs powered by Baptist Health South Florida

Attend a FREE UnderFit Yoga class at Brickell City Centre on November 11th and 25th at 10 AM. Sign up on Eventbrite soon.

Roll with The Underline Cycling Club from Brickell Metrorail Station to the Farmers Market at Merrick Park on November 5th at 10 AM.  Thanks to ride sponsor Colliers for the free refreshments! Sign up here http://bit.ly/2fIIe3c

Volunteers Needed!
The Underline is supported almost entirely by volunteers like you.  We need help at our many events, for project advocacy and more. Please volunteer at TheUnderline.org.

Underline Cycling Club Free Bike Ride November 5th

September 27, 2017

On November 5th, join us for some Sunday funday and exercise as we explore The Underline’s connections to future and existing destinations in our beautiful city!

Meet up at 9:30 AM at Brickell Metrorail Station for a 10AM departure. We’ll travel to our destination, The Village of Merrick Park, for some snacks, refreshments and locally sourced goods from The Farmer’s Market at Merrick Park! Feel free to join us on our ride back to Brickell for a 13-mile round-trip ride or catch the Metrorail at Douglas Station for a lift back. Sign up on Eventbrite here.

You can make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount but $10 person is recommended and very much appreciated. For more information visit www.facebook.com/theunderlinemia or email cycling@theunderline.org.

Special thanks to our Cycling Club sponsor Baptist Health South Florida and our Bike Ride Host Colliers.

Lonely Planet: Miami is developing a ten-mile urban park just like New York’s popular High Line

September 27, 2017

Thanks Lonely Planet for the compliment that The Underline will be just like the spectacular urban park the High Line in New York:

Yes, we do have similarities:
1. We share the same award-winning design team, James Corner Field Operations
2. The Underline is be linear like the High Line, but The Underline will be 4x longer.
3. We feature native vegetation and reforestation of the urban core.
4. We have engaging, community building exercise and performance art entertainment.
5. We have an outdoor gallery of temporary and permanent artwork.

But we also have differences:
1. The Underline is at ground level and the High Line is elevated.
2. The Underline is 100′ wide and the High Line is 30′ wide
3. The Underline has an urban trail for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and more.
4. The Underline has street crossings, the High Line does not.
5. The Underline is warm year ’round … it gets pretty chilly in NYC during the winter!

Here’s what LP has to say about The Underline: “Miami is poised to become the next city to transform an -utilized urban corridor into a public green space where locals and visitors alike can walk, bike and enjoy being outside.” Read more here.

Travel + Leisure: Miami’s Next Best Outdoor Destination

September 27, 2017

Sept. 3, 2017

We were blown away (and truly humbled and honored) when Travel + Leisure pronounced “The Miami Underline Looks Like It Will Be the City’s Next Best Outdoor Destination”.  Read more about why Travel + Leisure thinks The Underline will transform Miami for residents and visitors alike.

“A brand new, urban park is coming to Miami.

The Underline, a 10-mile project that will connect South Miami, Coral Gables, and downtown, is already ongoing under the elevated Metrorail.

Designed by the same designer of the High Line in New York City, the park is planned to be, first and foremost, an urban trail to help be a transportation solution for many Miami residents. The bicycle and pedestrian will connect from the southern neighborhoods to downtown Miami and other destinations as well as be a link between those neighborhoods and the central spine, creating in a regional network of trails.”

To read more, click here.

Underline Progress Update January-August 2017

August 27, 2017

In partnership with Miami-Dade County’s Transportation and Public Works Department and the 501C3 non-profit Friends of The Underline, an amazing amount of progress has been made on the 10-mile linear park and urban trail this year. Many people have asked for a recap of this year’s events. Since so much has happened, we have put the events into a schedule to summarize. Email us anytime at info@theunderline.org if you would like more information or if you have comments.

Friends of The Underline advocates for public and private dollars for activation and events, design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the future facility. All government construction grants for the project are directed to Miami-Dade County, not Friends of The Underline. Our organization receives only private grants and donations and we rely on our supporters to donate and volunteer to help us continue operations, events and pay design fees. Please visit TheUnderline.org to donate and/or volunteer.

JANUARY 2017

Public Meeting Brickell Backyard 30% design presentations. Designed by award-winning James Corner Field Operations, The Underline’s Brickell Backyard (from the Miami River to Coral Way) 30% design proposals were presented at a public meeting at Southside Elementary. You can see the design proposals here plus the public and agency comments and responses here.

Temporary art installations unveiled. Curated by Miami Dade County Art in Public Places and funded by a generous ArtPlace America grant, four temporary art installations were placed along The Underline inviting public engagement and interaction. The installations were featured in publications across the country. See more details and press roundup here.

Underline Cycling Club Rides take place throughout the year. Each ride is free to the public, begins on the current MPath and has a destination to a neighboring community. Rides are supported by a Baptist Health South Florida grant. Find and sign up for rides on Eventbrite.

MARCH 2017

Events.  Of the many events we produced this year, UnderLounge & Bike 305 Bike The Underline was one of the most popular. With free live music, food, exercise and art classes and more, there was something for everyone of the 500 attendees. Thanks to our Young Professionals who sponsored this fun day!

Construction Studies. Brickell Backyard environmental, geotechnical and utility surveys underway.

APRIL 2017

Accolades. The Underline was chosen as one of Fast Company’s World Changing ideas.

Partnership. Friends of The Underline and the Nature Conservancy announce their partnership. Read about it here.

Exercise Programming. Underline bi-monthly Yoga classes at Brickell City Centre begin supported by a Baptist Health South Florida grant. Find Yoga classes on Eventbrite.

MAY 2017

State of Florida funding. With the leadership of Senator Rene Garcia and Representative Jose “Felix” Diaz, and hundreds of letters from Underline supporters, The Underline project received a $5 Million appropriation from the State of Florida legislature. These funds are directed to Miami-Dade County for construction and are in addition to 2016 SunTrail grants and a $2 Million appropriation for a total of over $11 million from the State of Florida. Read more here.

JUNE 2017

Health Impact Assessment commissioned. Underline Health Advisory commissions Health Impact Assessment to ensure The Underline optimizes community health. See the final report here.

Brickell Backyard design advances. The design advances to 60% design with review by Miami Dade County Transportation & Public Works, Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, TPO, DERM, City of Miami, Miami River Commission, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and more.

High Line Network. The Underline joins the High Line network, a group of 19 industrial reuse projects in North America that are rethinking our public places.  Read about the projects and the coalition here.

AUGUST 2017

South Miami Hospital reveals plans to build a Healing Garden next to the future Underline.  Construction will begin in 2018. See plans in SoMi Magazine.

OTHER

Many people have asked about proposed crosswalk improvements along US1. As one of the most dangerous places to walk and bike in the US, our crosswalk proposals require substantial modifications to all crossings to improve public safety.

The minimum interventions we propose are: realign path approach to improve visibility and orientation; early indicators for approaching path users, high impact markings and elevation change; minimum 6 foot buffer from US1 travel lanes and crosswalk; widen crosswalks to 18 feet; no right hand turn on red for cross street right turn movement and; leading pedestrian interval for Underline crossing. Find a visual depiction Underline proposed modifications here. To see FDOT’s early study of all crosswalks along the Underline from the Miami River to Dadeland South, click here and here.

Thank you, Friends of The Underline Board of Directors and Trustees. (To see our members click here).

Underline Cycling Club Sept. 3rd free bike ride to Museum Park

August 23, 2017

ANNOUNCING FALL CYCLING CLUB RIDES POWERED BY BAPTIST HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA

The Underline, a planned 10-mile linear park space and world class urban trail in Miami, will kick off its fall bike rides to explore The Underline’s connections to future and existing destinations in Miami on Sunday, September 3 at 9:30 AM. The public is invited to meet at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station for a 10 AM departure to cycle one way 6.5 miles to Museum Park or 13 miles round trip. At Museum Park, riders will enjoy refreshments and the chance to win FREE passes to the new Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Before riders make their way back, they will be treated to a five-minute special talk from Jorge Perez Gallego, the Curator of Astronomy at the Frost Science Museum. Michael Comras, the president and chief executive officer of the Comras Company, a Miami Beach-based commercial real estate development firm, will also share the vision of connecting the community with transit-oriented and sustainable development from Coconut Grove to South Miami. To RSVP to The Underline’s September bike ride, please click here. Sign up soon on Eventbrite for the October 1st bike ride to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the November 5th ride to Merrick Park Farmers Market.

About The Underline: The Underline is a planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and living art destination that will span from the Miami River, north of Brickell Metrorail station, to Dadeland South transforming the previous pedestrian walkway and bike path under the Metrorail into a thriving space of natural habitats, world-class walking, running and biking facilities, inviting exercise zones and a blank canvas for local artists to contribute murals, sculptures, installations and performance art. The Underline will be built in phases, the first of which will begin in the Brickell area. For more information visit, www.theunderline.org and/or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @theunderlinemia.

About Friends of The Underline: Friends of The Underline is a 501C3 non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression to create a safer, healthier, more connected, mobile and engaged community. The Underline will be open to all and serve all with amenities and art that will connect people to place and each other.

Business Insider & DesignBoom: The Underline is set to transform Miami’s metropath into a 10-mile linear park

August 11, 2017

Following in the footsteps of New York’s High Line and Seoul’s SkygardenMiami is set to build a linear park of its own that will transform the land beneath part of the city’s Metrorail. Named ‘The Underline’, the scheme is the brainchild of Meg Daly who, after breaking both her arms in 2013, walked under the elevated Metrorail as she was unable to drive. even though it was summer, Daly noticed that she didn’t feel hot in the shade of the tracks and saw potential in the expansive urban corridor.

Developed by James Corner Field OperationsThe Underline’s master plan will see the area of land below Miami’s Metrorail from Brickell to Dadeland transformed into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail, and living art destination. The master plan also includes recommendations for lighting, way-finding, seating, and amenities, as well as improvements to existing crosswalks and intersections. the modifications will ensure that the park is well-connected to current transit networks and serves as a gateway to adjacent communities.

In addition to biking and walking paths, the first phase of the project proposes an outdoor gym with basketball court, a performance stage, an outdoor swing, gaming tables, communal tables, a bike parking garage, food concessions, native vegetation, lighting, and seating. ranging from 70 to 170 feet in width (21-52 meters), The Underline spans between Brickell Avenue, Miami’s fast-growing financial district, and the Dadeland South Metrorail Station, which serves one of the country’s highest grossing malls.